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04/25/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The Update includes a completely new look for Gmail along with a new confidential mode for protecting sensitive content.
04/25/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The vendor’s Contrail Enterprise Multicloud platform is designed to give enterprises a single tool for orchestrating workloads across public clouds.
04/25/2018   eWeek Cloud News
NEWS ANALYSIS: Some of the most important security features in the updated Gmail, such as the anti-phishing and anti-spoofing tools, will be particularly valuable to businesses.
04/25/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Multicloud is typically understood to be an evolutionary step for enterprises that are moving past a single-cloud starting phase toward a “best of breed” approach to cloud offerings. Various factors dictate this. For some, it’s the diversity of workloads that require platform-specific functionality. For others, it’s an evolutionary journey, or a result of mergers and acquisitions.

Lately, we are seeing companies choose multicloud as a primary, cloud-first strategy right out of the gate. In some cases the reason is to reduce dependency on a single vendor, as the platform vendors start building more stickiness into their offerings. In other cases it is to optimize costs, depending on the workload characteristics. There are strong arguments on both these dimensions and it’s not unlike what we saw with hardware platforms.

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04/24/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The Danish bank and financial services technology provider plans to migrate its entire software stack to Microsoft's cloud.
04/24/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Facebook is moving 1.5 billion users away from GDPR protection just before the law becomes a reality in May 2018. GDPR, the General Data Protection Regulation, restricts what companies can do with people’s online data. If the GDPR went into effect right now, almost 1.9 billion Facebook users around the world would be protected by it. But soon that won’t be the case.

Currently, Facebook members outside the United States and Canada are governed by a terms of service agreement with the company’s international headquarters in Ireland. Because Ireland is a member of the European Union, GDPR applies to the Irish unit and all its users, even if they are not EU residents.

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04/23/2018   eWeek Cloud News
New cloud offerings will soon allow manufacturers to IoT-enable their factory equipment and derive new business insights.
04/23/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Azure Search is a powerful search service available in Microsoft’s Azure cloud. Azure Search provides excellent support for indexing and querying data while at the same time shielding you from the intricacies of deployment, management, and search algorithms.

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04/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Company said it expects to raise $555 million at the $15-a-share price to continue development of its Cloud Foundry PaaS.
04/20/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

At IBM, the IBM Cloud Container Service is updated an average of 40 times per day. This may seem like a shockingly high number of updates, but there is good reason. Built on top of microservices and deployed globally on the IBM Cloud, we want to provide our users with a continuous drumbeat of new features and capabilities, high performance, and the most updated security possible against emerging cyberthreats.

What does updating a container service 40 times per day entail? It means iterating and deploying additional features, rolling out our service in new locations, updating for security in response to the latest operating system patches, improving Kubernetes and the container engine at the core of our service, and fixing any performance or availability issues. It also means constantly adding maintenance features and expanding the service in response to market and technology demands.

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04/20/2018   Virtualization
VIDEO: Tom Corn, senior vice president and GM of security products at VMware, discusses how companies can create a least privilege model for improving cyber-security.
04/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
A survey conducted by Oracle and KPMG finds that too often inadequate attention is paid to implementing strong security measures when meeting urgent demand to deploy new cloud services.
04/20/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It’s all the rage these days: moving on-premises data to the cloud. But should you use cloud-native databases or databases that run both in the cloud and on-premises?

There are trade-offs between the cloud-native (meaning “cloud-only”) and dual cloud/on-premises options, mostly involving cost and operational efficiency.

Of course, the issue of which database can be a contentious one. Many IT organizations have used a specific enterprise database for years, and they’re not about to give up that database in the cloud. The good news: Your favorite on-premises database runs in the cloud as well.

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04/20/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
In this 60-second video, learn how the cloud-native approach is changing the way enterprises structure their technologies, from Craig McLuckie, founder and CEO of Heptio, and one of the inventors of open-source system Kubernetes
04/20/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft's system for scalable cloud applications now includes support for clusters based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4.
04/19/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Without question, digital transformation has captured the attention of the world’s business community. But digital transformation is really data transformation because the foundation is so frequently putting new sources of data to use. Consider how new data-driven juggernauts have upended industries, such as Uber in transportation, Airbnb in hospitality, and Alibaba and Tencent in payments, pushing China’s mobile payments to a record $32 trillion in 2017.

Companies seeking a similar impact on their industries can follow a simple three Cs approach to improving their data infrastructure on a path to digital success. That includes:

  • Consideration of the applications and analytics that need to be served.
  • Consolidation of the expanding number of datastores and analytic systems.
  • Cloud focus for new deployments.

1. Consideration

Too often, technology deployments can take on a life of their own independent of the applications and analytics they serve. It takes time and energy to corral the inputs from business units on specific requirements and work them into the infrastructure.

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04/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Cloud Foundry executives discuss how much faster users of the open-source developer platform are able to deploy applications at scale and even save some money.
04/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
VIDEO: Cisco SVP discusses what companies are now buying and how they are making the transition from on-premises systems to hybrid cloud solutions.
04/19/2018   eWeek Cloud News
FinancialForce's new Spring 2018 Release includes tools that enable enterprises to shift to as-a-service business models.
04/18/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Dirty secret No. 1: IT managers simply cannot identify nearly half (45 percent) of their organization’s network traffic. In fact, nearly 25 percent cannot identify a whopping 70 percent of their network traffic.
04/18/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Moving terabytes or even petabytes of data to the cloud is a daunting task. But it is important to look beyond the number of bytes. You probably know that your applications are going to behave differently when accessed in the cloud, that cost structures will be different (hopefully better), and that it will take time to move all that data.

Because my company, Data Expedition, is in the business of high-performance data transfer, customers come to us when they expect network speed to be a problem. But in the process of helping companies overcome that problem, we have seen many other factors that threaten to derail cloud migrations if left overlooked.

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04/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Perhaps the least understood component of secondary storage strategy, archive has become a necessity for modern digital enterprises with petabytes of data and billions of files.

So, what exactly is archive, and why is it so important?

Archiving data involves moving data that is no longer frequently accessed off primary systems for long-term retention.

The most apparent benefit of archiving data is to save precious space on expensive primary NAS or to retain data for regulatory compliance, but archiving can reap long-term benefits for your business as well. For example, archiving the results of scientific experiments that would be costly to replicate can be extremely valuable later for future studies.

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04/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The initiative involves the free distribution of Centrify software to election boards that includes multi-factor authentication and validation of device access for voters in their jurisdictions.
04/17/2018   Virtualization
Docker releases a major update of its flagship Enterprise Edition, for the first time providing full commercial Kubernetes support.
04/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The latest update to Salesforce.com’s Field Service Lightning gives companies the ability to easily add scheduling to their consumer-facing websites and makes it easier for customers and technicians to return products.
04/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the data warehouses and data marts of the past were of little use. Their data was typically too old, the processing too cumbersome, and the costs too high.

Today’s cloud-based data analytics have the ability to do things in real time, databases can operate at the “speed of need,” and even small enterprises can bind data analytics processing with the latest “cool kids” technology such as machine learning and predictive algorithms.

I don’t want to rain on this parade, but it turns out the path to cloud-based data analytics is a longer and harder road than many enterprises projected. As a result, failures are beginning to come up on my radar as IT encounters cost overruns, the technology fails to meet expectations, and just the sheer volume of data proves problematic. Here’s why.

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04/17/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

If we’re to build a massively scalable internet of things, we’re going to need tools that can handle hundreds of thousands of devices and a massive throughput of data. That’s hard to deliver with on-premises systems, but one that’s eminently suited to the scale and scalability of the public cloud.

While there’s a Windows for IoT hardware, the heart of Microsoft’s IoT platform is its Azure cloud, with a suite of tools and services that can build massive scale industrial IoT applications. One key element of that suite is IoT Hub, a routing service that sits between your devices and gateways and your back-end cloud services.

Inside Azure IoT Hub

Azure IoT Hub manages messaging connections to and from your devices, either directly for devices with IP connectivity or via gateways for hardware that uses proprietary or low-power protocols. It sits in Azure, behind edge computing services, providing a management layer and the ability to ingest significant amounts of data from a large number of connected devices.

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04/17/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The Danish bank and financial services technology provider plans to migrate its entire software stack to Microsoft's cloud.
04/16/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Programmers love to sneer at the world of fashion where trends blow through like breezes. Skirt lengths rise and fall, pigments come and go, ties get fatter, then thinner. But in the world of technology, rigor, science, math, and precision rule over fad.

Hot: Renting
Not: Buying

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04/13/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Containers are fast becoming the unit of packaging and deployment for enterprise applications. Many in IT still see containers as merely the next step in the logical progression that began with the move physical servers to virtual machines, bringing with it another order-of-magnitude increase in compute density relative to the number of VMs that can run on a physical server.

While this approach recognizes that containers represent another explosion in the number of things IT needs to manage, it misses the most important change brought about by the container ecosystem—namely the fundamental shift in the software delivery workflow that containers enable.

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04/13/2018   eWeek Cloud News
New CRM capabilities enable customized data capture, data display and data validation based on how users, teams and organizations handle customer and business information.
04/13/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Enterprises have enough to worry about with the data breaches that seem to occur each week, but now you're learning that social networking systems are gathering and using all sorts of data about everyone. Not only information about you, your friends, and your family, but your peers and employees. Some of that information was not knowingly provided to them. Now the CLOUD Act (the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act) has become law to let law enforcement gather your corporate data from servers overseas.

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04/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Hybrid data management Actian developed the world’s fastest columnar analytics database and brings special data-centric IP to its new owners.
04/12/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

APIs have been around for a while. In the last decade, however, a new generation of standards-based APIs has transformed enterprise computing. Combining the Representational State Transfer (REST) approach with JSON and HTTP, APIs today make it possible to integrate virtually any two systems or applications using simple, open standards.

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04/12/2018   eWeek Cloud News
Microsoft adds Azure Monitor support, enabling customers to keep a closer eye on the big data service.
04/11/2018   eWeek Cloud News
The companies will work on AI-enabled IoT solutions delivered by Microsoft's cloud.
04/11/2018   eWeek Cloud News
ThreatMetrix, which uses anonymized data from across 1.4 billion digital user identities to provide businesses with insight into the true digital identity of their customers, needed a way to do this better and faster.
04/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Back in the early 2000s, while working as an architect in an IT consulting company, I became fascinated by the promise of service-oriented architectures. Taking an API-first approach to application development made a lot of sense to me, as did the idea of using a message- and event-driven approach to application integration. But that dream was lost in a maze of ever-more complex standards. The relatively simple SOAP’s take on remote procedure calls vanished as a growing family of WS-* protocols added more and more features.

It’s not surprising, then, that I find much of what’s happening in the world of cloud-native platforms familiar. Today, we’re using many of the same concepts as part of building microservice architectures, on top of platforms like Kubernetes. Like SOAP, the underlying concept is an open set of tools that can connect applications and services, working in one public cloud, from on-premises systems to a public cloud, and from cloud to cloud. It’s that cross-cloud option that’s most interesting: Each of the three big public cloud providers does different things well, so why not build your applications around the best of Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform?

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04/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing
04/10/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

I’ve stopped thinking of simple migration to the public clouds as “success.”

Yes, businesses do benefit. You decrease operational costs by a certain amount, if you plan correctly, and you certainly increase the convenience of not having to deal with hardware and software. But all that gets you to just 10 to 20 percent in savings.

And that savings has a big price tag: Migration projects are very labor-intensive, and they often run into issues such as internal politics, cost overruns, and compliance issues as you’re looking to drive platform changes.

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04/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Beyond the cost equation is a composite set of variables to consider when choosing what public cloud platform to launch/relocate an organization’s next venture. In “The intangibles of picking a public cloud,” I covered some intangibles for a CIO or CTO to consider, such as a cloud vendor’s comparative capabilities and operational requirements, as well as artificial intelligence prowess. But additional factors exist to force strategic discussions at the board of directors’ (BOD) sphere of influence. While cloud costs are crucial to a healthy EBITDA, these costs will be insignificant if topline growth is stalled or a future funding event is impacted.

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04/09/2018   InfoWorld Cloud Computing

Redis is an open source, feature rich, in-memory database and caching engine that can be used to store and retrieve data in your applications. Azure Redis Cache is based on this popular database, providing a powerful and secure way to cache your application’s data in the Azure cloud.

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